UN Secretary-General

UN chief appeals for global action against coronavirus-fueled hate speech

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for concerted global action to quash the “tsunami” of hate speech that has risen alongside the COVID-19 pandemic.

A sustainable global economy must arise once COVID-19 pandemic is reversed, UN chief tells G-20 summit

World leaders at the G-20 virtual summit held on Thursday committed to inject over $5 trillion into the global economy to counteract the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar reaped diplomatic success ‘perhaps without parallel’ in UN history

The former Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, who has died aged 100, was responsible for a series of diplomatic breakthroughs that were “perhaps without parallel, in the history of the UN.”

That’s according to his most senior aide, Chef de Cabinet Virendra Dayal, in an interview on Thursday by phone from his home in Delhi. Mr. Dayal praised the “inherent decency and integrity” of the former UN chief, who served two terms that saw the end of the Cold War, telling UN News’s Matt Wells that Mr. Pérez de Cuéllar played a key role in the transition, “in an absolutely masterly manner.”  

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News in Brief 24 February 2020

- UN chief outlines 7-point Call of Action on human rights
- COVID-19 is not yet a pandemic, says head of WHO
- Syria: Senior aid official warns of potential 'bloodbath' in Idlib

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News in Brief 8 January 2020

  • UN chief continues engagement to avert Gulf war
  • International community supports aid delivery to West Darfur displaced
  • Livelivehood project in Pakistan to benefit Afghan refugees, host communities 
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News in Brief 31 December 2019

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INTERVIEW: Guterres urges world leaders to ‘do what is necessary’ for peace and the planet

As global leaders prepare to convene in New York next week to debate the best way forward for the planet, Secretary-General António Guterres  is urging them to “do what is necessary” to ensure that “we are able to solve the dramatic problems we face.” 

Stand together against the “normalization of hate”: UN chief

Remembering the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, the UN chief has called on everyone around the world to “stand together against the normalization of hate”.

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News in Brief 18 January 2018

Dialogue and confidence vital to prevent, resolve conflicts, says UN chief

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News in Brief 15 January 2018

Security Council makes unannounced visit to support Afghan peace efforts

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